SSD Buyers Guide ~2016~ Best Solid State Drive for the Money w/Tests & BenchMarks

1st Place & Best Value For the Money ~Samsung 850 EVO:…
Best Server or NAS Drive ~Crucial MX200:…
Best Budget Drive ~Crucial BX100:…

~~Video Details~~
If you’re looking for the best SSD for the money in 2016, I have done all of the work for you. I created this Solid State Buyers Guide with all of the necessary benchmark data and real world tests so that you don’t have to spend hours scouring through all of the manufacturer’s websites and 3rd party benchmark sites. All of the data is right here for you to make an informed buying decision.

I narrowed the roundup to the top drives from Samsung and Crucial. All of the other drives on the market right now are either way too overpriced, or not even worth looking at.

The 5 drives I compared in the review are:
1: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB (1st Place and Best in Class Winner)…
2: Samsung 850 PRO 500GB 500GB(Top Performer in Synthetic Tests)…
3: Crucial’s New MX200 500GB(Best in Data Reliability)…
4: Crucial MX100 512GB…
5: Crucial BX100 500GB(Best Budget Drive)…

I broke the winners down into 3 categories:
1- Most People – Average Users
For Most People that are looking for the best performance and most space for the money to upgrade their desktop or laptop, the answer is clear. Buy the Samsung 850 EVO in the largest size you can afford and don’t look back

2- Server Machines or NAS
If the drive is destined for a server or network attached storage device where performance is not at all as important as data reliability, then the Crucial MX200 is the clear winner. While not a great performance drive by any means, it includes an on device RAID like data redundancy system called RAIN to help keep your data safe. It also has power loss protection to protect against data loss when the power goes out

3- Extreme Budget
If Your Budget is tight and you just want the most space possible for your money, but still want a newer, great performing drive, Crucial’s BX100 is a great drive. It actually out performed the new MX200 in most of the real world benchmarks, making it a great entry level drive.

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MC 3700 says:

looks like the Samsung 850 EVO takes the cake

Drexx Laggui says:

Many thanks for this review. I build digital forensic workstations for a living, and this helps give end-users the most logical price-to-performance ratio.

david le says:

i have a basic macbook air 2015, which drive is the best, oh and its a 13 inch if that matters

taradead says:

All these drives are incredibly fast. Without benchmark software, I can’t tell any difference between them. Problem with samsung is their warranty is pretty crappy. My samsung 850 pro died within several months and it took samsung over 2 months from when I sent the dead one in to finally send me a new one.

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Shen Castro says:

subscribed, gave me the most info on ssd and answered all my questions.

MrBrymstond says:

Crucial’s MX 100 series is no longer with us R.I.P. MLC

Jayan Patel says:

thanks for your time and detailed info.
will go with Evo Pro

Geertje99 - says:

Samsung 950 Pro 256GB (M.2 SSD)
Got dat 4 my main

Seagate SSHD 4 TB
haz dat 4 vids y kno “But im not making videos”

Mustafa Manya says:

Hey is Corsair Force Series™ LE 480GB SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD CSSD-F480GBLEB good ?

Edward Jackson says:

An excellent comparison. I agree that for general use the EVO 850 is the drive to beat at the moment but the BX100 has a couple of aces up its sleeve.

1. The BX100 has higher sequential read speeds, which is the most important metric for gaming applications where level and texture load times are your primary consideration.
2. It also has significantly lower power consumption across the board than the EVO 850, which makes it a compelling option for laptop use where battery life is paramount. Of course, both drives will offer a noticeable increase in battery life compared to a standard HDD.

Otherwise the drives are pretty close performance wise, mainly due to the limitations of the SATA3 interface, and I would buy whichever drive is cheapest on the day.

EastendBillythekid says:

Nice review man  Love the    Samsung 850 EVO

legoldfinger legoldfinger says:


ByViolentMetaphoron June 11, 2014
Capacity: 240GB|Style Name: Reseller Kit|Verified Purchase
Intel has a good reputation as an SSD manufacturer. Even if they don’t directly manufacture the device, they have high standards that some of the other vendors don’t match.

This SSD has a capacitor for preventing corruption from power loss. A surprisingly low number of SSDs have a capacitor to avoid corruption.

These are expensive but there are few non-enterprise SSDs that have capacitors. If I had to do it over again, I would check out the new Crucial SSDs which are significantly cheaper and also have a capacitor. Either way, I wouldn’t regret buying these again since Intel has a great reputation in this area.

I have read that they run hot. My case (Fractal Design Define R4) has a 140mm fan right in front of them. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a R4 (or Fractal Design) but a case with a fan in front of the drives may help.


ByFESon April 23, 2014
Capacity: 480GB|Style Name: Reseller Kit|Verified Purchase
After much research, I got this new Intel SSD as additional HD in a new ‘build’. Even though this is labeled “Intel”, it is Intel only by design. The main chip is produced under licensed for Intel, and it’s assembled in you know where. Disappointing, as I thought my SSD would be assembled in ‘merica by one of those super geeks you see on their TV adds. I’ll live with the homeboy design only.

My system is a Win 8.1 driven workstation with a quad core, error correcting 3.4GHz Xeon processor running 16GB of memory. The SFF box came with a plain jane 2.5 ” 7200RPM SATA 3 HDD installed with an extra cage for the SSD.

I have to say that the install was so easy, even a caveman could do it. Migration software which Intel provided a link for, was a ‘few clicks and done’ affair. Further, the monitoring software from Intel is a beautifully oriented program, executed in a full windows environment-which means ‘point and click’ to what you want to do or look at. I may be lucky because this was a new system, with just the OS and hardware drivers on a new HD. Your experience may vary, at least according to others who have attempted to install a SSD (and that’s ANY SSD) on a system that’s been around the moon(take a look at the ‘1’ ratings on some other SSD’s).

Although I bought the “reseller” package, which came with a SATA cable, and mounting screws, I did not need them. My bay was already configured (complete with cables) for a second 2.5″ drive. If you have a 3.5″ bay, you will need an adapter kit. I slid mine into the spring tension bay and called it ‘installed’; no screws needed. It’s not like a rattle trap10K rpm drive that needs a straight jacket.

Curiously, the reseller kit was less money than the bare drive without installation accessories. I would suspect that pricing of the new 730 drives will be ‘fluid’ until the market demand meets their availability as their release was only a few weeks ago. One other abnormally, the smaller 730 drive has less performance metrics than the large one, so make your choice carefully.

Although maximum drive speed was a desired factor (the 480GB is only about mid-pack performance wise for similar SSD’s), I was looking for bullet-proof reliability. Intel claims this drive is rated for 70GB/day of activity for 5 years. That’s diesel reliability. Plus, the power loss protection was also a very large consideration. Just like I wouldn’t drive a car without airbags, I wouldn’t trust a SSD without it.

This drive gets hot under load, and stays hot! I’ve read that at idle, this drive draws 1.5W @ 12V and can draw over 5W when under heavy use. There’s not quite enough heat to cook a hot dog however. Since I have a SFF box and a gas grill, these weren’t deal breakers for me.

Now for the speed. In my case there was no dramatic increase of boot up or noticeable access speed. Even though I went ,,into the BIOS and made the SSD the boot and primary drive (press F2 at boot-up,change the boot sequence), because of the RAID 1 configuration, I am not getting the biggest bang I should.
If you clone your single HD and replace it with a SSD, or if you have 2 SSD’s, you will wring out the fastest possible performance increase. Since I have two different types of drives, RAID 1 was the only array that made sense for me. Although RAID 0 is a faster option, it offers no redundancy, so you trade speed for a possible unrecoverable disaster. Yes there are other RAID arrays, but they border on theoretical, or are obsolete. I still have one other tweak that may squeeze more of that magical, warp speed I think is available.

To sum up, this is a fine SSD. Not the fastest or cheapest, but you gain a design built for some serious grind, a five year warranty, and two on board capacitors that will save your bacon if the power is interrupted during an operation.

Install update; The cloning operation is what made the SSD the system and boot drive, I ended up changing the drive letter by swapping SATA cables. I now have 2 system drives-either one can boot the computer. There are a few ways to remove the boot partition from the other drive, but I’m just going to leave it as configured.

Ali John McNicol says:

Ill be using this for Steam games. I dont care about 5 vs 10 years of evo vs pro. i DO care about the 75 vs 150 terabytes of write amount.
I constantly install and unintall 30-40-50 gig games on and off my steam drive.

getmoney says:

When I first heard of SSD I did a bit of google searching and the first youtube video I saw was a Samsung EVO SSD. So I’m not surprised the Samsung won. Although I’m interested in the Pro. SSD to replace HDD, who thinks?

ChildOL says:

Not only does the 850 Pro perform a little better than EVO but it also is more robust and is supposed to last even longer.

legoldfinger legoldfinger says:


5.0 out of 5 starsRock solid storage.
ByJust Another Usernameon February 19, 2016
Capacity: 240GB|Style Name: Reseller Kit|Verified Purchase
I use these in bulk at work – not the fastest SSD of it’s generation, but with the capacitors and general build quality, they’re rock solid. Excellent warranty and write endurance, too.


ByKieseyhowon December 1, 2015
Capacity: 240GB|Style Name: Reseller Kit|Verified Purchase
The most reliable work SSD drives are made by Intel. Extensive stress-testing proves the value and reliability of these 700 series drives. Almost as fast as the most popular, but several times as reliable.
Data protection trumps a few percentages in speed.
Do yourself a favour, save money by reducing downtime, lower stress, choose only quality IT parts for your workstation.


ByBoba’s Daddy Figureon September 30, 2014
Capacity: 480GB|Style Name: Reseller Kit|Verified Purchase
This is one fast and highly reliable SSD. You can compare specs till your face turns orange, at which time you may buy a Samsung or other aggressively spec’d out product. Remember that THIS Intel 730 is not only super fast (though it won’t finish #1 in any group of tests), it’s super reliable in case of a drastic computer failure. Because it uses big capacitors that keep voltage up even when power is suddenly removed, it will complete its writes and not create broken files, as will happen on blazing Samsung/etc drives. The Micron based Crucial drives are the other brand that offers good speed plus solid reliability. This Intel is intended for top of the line performance in a DESKTOP or server chassis environment. Don’t even consider it for your laptop, as the heat and extra current usage is not appropriate for laptop usage. The aluminum case dissipates heat well. Over a few years I’ve installed several 530 and 730 models, and they ALL RUN FLAWLESSLY and still report as “100% good condition” with SSD test softwares. A highly recommended product for PCs running versions of Windows. Be sure to use a secondary drive for user data/documents storage and for “scratch” drive locations and temp files, as on all desktop SSD installations, to keep your users very happy.

MrMarocBarca says:

i was laughing at how crooked this fools fingers look then i looked at my own fingers….. good vid still.

Maciek B says:

what about crucial MX300?

Andy A says:

is the OCZ Arc 100 240gb any good?

drekoll says:

Thanks for the informative video, I currently have a 840 evo MZ-7TE500BW. any thoughts on adding the 850 evo MZ-75E500B/AM in a raid configuration or are they not compatible? Am looking to expand my storage and back up/ gaming. Thank you in advance for your input.

Keith Squires says:

Is the Samsung evo complicated to install on a MacBook pro?

David Sama says:

Great video… Straight to the point..

SuperMegaJew says:

How is it possible that the evo has better real world performance than the pro when it wins in every read/write benchmark??

MrBrymstond says:

There’s SLC, MLC and TLC variants of SSD’s… You can always tell which is which because the EVO is TLC and you can identify this because the box said 500GB and MLC will say 512GB which is more durable and trust worthy than TLC Class SSD… TLC for example jams 3 Bits per cell whereas MLC uses 2 Bits per cell and has a hidden amount of room for error correcting, less crashes if any whereas TLC SSD stands to just die if one cell dies like the Micro SD Cards and most if not all USB Sticks, but don’t let it confuse you because it says 128GB instead of 120GB and SLC only uses 1 Bit per cell with plenty of hidden storage for repairs to the drive and doesn’t come in large capacities and breaks the bank so buy MLC every time you can unless you can afford the crazy prices for enough to run the OS and Programs and a secondary drive to store the results and typical downloads like music, movies and documents…

Paul Lawson says:

would you recommend 2 samsung evos in raid 0?

RAB says:

I have used both SSD’s but the predecessor’s of the mentioned models 840 Pro…Crucial Bx200 in this video. No issues with either as of yet. I’m sure in those crystaldisc tests/bench results will vary but can’t go wrong.

FinnishArmy says:

The mx200 is the best drive I have ever had, get that.

legoldfinger legoldfinger says:

Pack of LIES or ,,,,,,,,,,,copied and pasted from amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Intels Best Yet!!! (Updated), July 24, 2014
By DB62
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Intel 730 SERIES 2.5-Inch 240 GB Internal Solid State Drive SSDSC2BP240G4R5 (Personal Computers)
I love this SSD!!!
Talk about speed and throughput, and then add in the reliability of Intel SSD’s, and now, also the cost of Intels SSD’s, this one is a MONSTER Performer!

Also, I purchased the 480Gb version of this Intel 730 SSD, and have no idea of why Amazon listed my review being for the 240Gb SSD???
So this review is for the 480Gb Intel 730 SSD.

Also please note, the advertized speeds of this SSD are meant for a SATA III device.
So if your running this in a laptop or desktop computer, that only has SATA II capabilities, your speeds are going to be slower.
Still, this is a very fast SSD, even when used in a SATA II laptop/desktop!

I’ve been using SSD’s since Intels X25 was released.
Since that time, I’ve used many different brands, from Crucial, OCZ, Samsung, and Mushkin, and throughout the years, I’ve always gone back to using Intel, due to failure rates.
Intel leads the pack with much fewer returns due to failures.
& Yep, you can easily find this information online, with just a few word searches.
SSD reviews, Best SSD’s, Most reliable SSD’s, SSD Failure Rates….
Google any one/or all, of those, and you’ll find the info you need.

This 730 is the fastest Intel SSD I’ve ever used, and as I said earlier, I’ve used a lot of em!
They are a snap to install, and I already have Acronis Image 2014, which clones and copies your OS perfectly, then a few commands later, your set up and are using your new desktop/laptop, with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Fast, Reliable, and now, Intel’s pricing is much more competitive.
Just awesome!!!
I do highly recommend this SSD, for any desktop, or Laptop computer.

Update (9-17-14):
I just wanted to add this, after a good few month’s or more of heavy use (at least 12 to 14 hours a day), I’ve encountered ZERO problems, and a tremendous speed increase in my laptop. This is just one of the BEST SSD’s I’ve ever owned.
Reliable, Super Fast, Competitively Priced, Intel Quality….
You will love this drive as I do!

Also, get Acronis True Image 2014, it is the best program to have for backing up your PC.
It does everything. Cloning, Complete Image Backups, Options to backup to your own external HD, or to the Acronis Cloud (your choice)…and much more. The easiest user interface I’ve seen with Acronis yet, and it’s fast! It works flawlessly with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Vivid Designs says:

wait can i just get any ssd for my laptop like i dont have to buy a specific ssd?

gojart destani says:

I got a 120 gigabyte Kinston ssd its the V300 version or whatever its called it says it gots 450 mb/s write and read speeds ….. can anyone tell me if its good ? (I got it for 50 euros wich is around 60 dollars)

Zac Paul says:

I would argue that the best SSD for the money is probably the Transcend 370. It uses Micron top-binned MLC NAND and yet it is priced lower than some SSDs using TLC. It costs about the same as the TLC EVO. While the performance between the two drives are insignificant beyond benchmarks, the MLC drive will usually last considerably longer and usually fares better when it comes to error correction. (The MX-200 was also a MLC drive [the MX-300 uses TLC.]) The EVO is a great drive but why purchase a TLC SSD when you get a MLC SSD for the same price?

bear grills says:

I wanna put my OS and on my 120 GB ssd and games on my hdd then games on my wd hdd load fast or not ???tell me fast

alejandro suarez says:

straight to the point , awesome !!

ShadowOfDeath24 says:

the cheapest one from a known brand. I just can’t blow my money on Samsung even tho they make excellent stuff

Swagga says:

i want an ssd that can run in high speed that cost around 60$ to 100$

DarkSagan says:

Excellent video thanks.

JH kim says:

only in terms of gaming, is SAMSUNG 850 EVO the best or should i choose 850 PRO? is anyone knows about that?

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